YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- You've seen them around post. You've seen them on friends. You've seen them on strangers. The meaning of the EYE was finally revealed at the Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation signing ceremony here, April 2.

Child abuse is a serious problem in our society. Research shows abuse as a child can cause lasting detrimental consequences on the mental health of the victim as an adult. To fight on behalf of those who often cannot fight for themselves, the United States has declared April, Child Abuse Prevention Month.

"The health and well being of our children is something each of us cares deeply about. I think former President Kennedy put it the best when he said, 'Children are the most valuable resource and the best hope for the future,'" said Col. William P. Huber, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan. "Child abuse doesn't only destroy a family but also destroys the threads of a Community. The only way to stop child abuse is through education."

He emphasized that people who grew up experiencing abuse don't know how to discipline and how to change behavior unless they learn from somebody else. He thanked ACS for spearheading the effort on developing a program that is important to the Yongsan Community.

The theme for this year's Army Child Abuse Prevention Month is "It's no secret … everyone can help. Keep Army Children Safe and Healthy."

The Proclamation of Army Child Abuse Prevention Month signed by Huber states, "As the Garrison Commander it is my goal to ensure this happens. April is also designated as the "Month of the Military Child" and what better way to honor children in Military Families than to keep them safe and provide for their health and well being."

The ACS staff came up with the campaign to spread the eye button throughout the Community to let people know about the program. The meaning of the eye button is to remind people to be vigilant, aware, and to report allegations of child abuse. It also takes a Community to protect children.

For further information, contact Marty Masters, Army Community Service Family Advocacy Program Manager, who can be reached at DSN 738-8861 or marty.masters@us.army.mil.